• Selected Past Projects

     
  • Ghana Gas Industry Technical Guidelines for the Energy Commission
    Pakistan Distribution Project (PDP)
    Electricity Corporation of Ghana – Change Management Project
    Vietnam Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission
    Dominican Republic Smart Grid Upgrading
    Costa Rica Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigation Project
    China Smart Grid - Desk Study(USTDA)
    Romania & Bulgaria Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission
    Kazakhstan Pipeline Automation Reverse Trade Mission
    Latin America and the Caribbean Region Definitional Mission: Solar Energy Projects
    Mexico Definitional Mission Renewable Energy Project
    MENA Power Forum - Technical Assistance
    Pakistan Definitional Mission Energy Sector Project
    Turkey Definitional Mission Energy Sector Projects
    Indonesia Definitional Mission to Investigate Potential Alternative Energy Sector Project
    Independent Power Project (IPP) Feasibility Study
    Ethiopia Tendaho Geothermal Power Project Feasibility Study
    Iraqi Oil Training Program (IOTP) Human Resources
    Executive Workshops

     
  • Ghana Gas Industry Technical Guidelines for the Energy Commission

    The USAID is providing technical assistance to the Government of Ghana under its Africa Infrastructure Program (AIP) aimed at helping energy infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Energy Commission (EC) of Ghana have requested USAID support in proving Technical Assistance for monitoring the construction, commissioning and safe operations of the gas processing plants and the gas pipelines, especially in the development and enforcement of Technical Guidelines and Regulations for the natural gas sector.
    The Energy Markets Group (EMG) is providing in-house technical support to the Energy Commission in technical regulation and capacity building to strengthen EC’s natural gas regulatory function. EMG is advising the Energy Commission in the regulation and monitoring of projects under construction, and has been tasked to develop and provided the following three manuals and report to the Energy Commission;
                i. Manual for Technical Guidelines for Gas Processing Plants
               ii. Manual for Technical Guidelines for Gas Pipeline Systems
              iii. Report on Institution Building of the Energy Commission
    The next step is for EMG to provide a workshop (3days) on the Natural Gas Processing Plants & Pipelines Systems Guidelines.

     
  • Pakistan Distribution Project (PDP)

    EMG is a subcontractor to International Resources Group (IRG) implementing the Power Distribution Program (PDP) project. The USAID PDP is a five year, USAID-funded program aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance, both in terms of a reduction in losses and in improvements both to revenues and customer services, in order to elevate these DISCOs to the level of well-run utilities in other progressive countries. Through this program, EMG provides technical advisory to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy crisis. The PDP program began in 2010, and was designed to be include: Operational Audits of each of the nine Government-owned DISCOs. The purpose of these in-depth, operational audits was to establish baseline, to be used to measure improvement in performance over time. Execution of the Performance Improvement Action Plans by each DISCO, including implementation of key performance improvement projects to demonstrate a number of key operational improvements and directly measure their value to the utility.

     
  • Electricity Corporation of Ghana – Change Management Project

    Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) distributes electricity to a majority of electricity consumers in Ghana and is the key to the success of power sector reform effort in the country. ECG has embarked upon a major effort to improve its performance, in particular loss reduction, improved billing and collection and better customer service. It has made remarkable progress in some areas, including loss reduction—losses have been brought down from 27.2% to 21.3 % since 2011. It is endeavoring to make further progress and would also like to ensure that the gains are sustainable. In this regards ECG requested the EMG advisory assistance in developing a change management plan in bringing about meaningful changes in a developing country utility. The EMG share with the ECG Managing Director and senior management information about the methodology of change management and presented the change management process with a set of interactive workshops involving senior. EMG also help in the assembly of critical information needed to structure the change management programs tailor made for ECG. With insights gained through interactions with key ECG persons during the workshops and otherwise, the EMG developed a detailed program of activities for the change management program to be implemented.

     
  • Vietnam Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission

    This USTDA-sponsored Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) brought to the United States a high level delegation comprised of 10 senior executives and officers from Vietnam’s power sector including the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV), Electricity Vietnam (EVN), the Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation (EVN HCMC), and one Commercial Specialist from the Commercial Service in Vietnam (a total of 11 officials). The RTM gave the delegation the opportunity to visit U.S. industry sites to observe demonstrations of U.S. technology and meet with suppliers and application developers for real-time data infrastructure.
    Additionally, U.S. company representatives had the opportunity to further discuss solutions for smart grid, including communication platforms, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, and utility management software with the delegates. In Washington, DC, the group visited US government agencies involved with the policy, regulatory and standards in smart grid. In Raleigh NC , Atlanta GA, San Jose CA they visited the leading providers of smart grid technologies and visited several utilities including Pepco Distribution Company in Washington DC and PG&E in San Francisco, CA to network with their U.S. counter parts to solicit their experience with the application of smart grid in the Distribution Sector.
    http://energymarketsgroup.com/nei/

     
  • Dominican Republic Smart Grid Upgrading

    Under a sub-contractor with Quanta Technology, EMG is proving Technical Assistance to Organismo Coordinador del Sistema Electrico Nacional Interconectado de la Republica Dominicana (OC-SENI) for the Smart Grid Upgrades for the System Operator and Market Agents Project. This Technical Assistance is to determine the appropriate level of new smart grid and other technology upgrades needed in the Dominican Republic as well as to assess how best to integrate them into the national grid. The Technical Assistance will evaluate appropriate technologies needed to improve reliability, lower frequency regulation service costs, allow for real-time monitoring and control and enable greater adoption of renewable energy. OC-SENI has initiated system upgrades to implement supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to approximately 40 percent of its system and requested further technical assistance to proceed with additional upgrades including: Automatic Generation Control (AGC), SCADA, an Energy Management System (EMS), Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs), automatic voltage/volt-ampere reactive (VAR) control, as well as technologies related to mitigating the incorporation of renewable energy in the grid such as additional voltage controls, energy storage, peaking backup generation and demand response. The technical assistance will also assess the similar needs of all of the Dominican Republic's major generation, transmission and distribution entities.

     
  • Costa Rica Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigation Project

    Under a contract with CECACIER, EMG will assist in developing a 4-tiered approach to develop Smart Grid Business plans for 8 utilities in Costa Rica. The final output document will allow for the development of a short, medium and long term budget plan to reach the desired smart grid maturity levels. EMG will also develop a budget requirement document that will show capital and O&M budget needs to reach the desired short, medium and long term business needs. EMG will work with each utility, understanding the organizations context, (business drivers) and set the appropriate expectations to ensure the success of the Navigation and preparation process. EMG will conduct a Survey workshop with participation to describe the business drivers and project expectations and to motivate the participants on the importance of this effort. EMG, which is a SEI Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) approved Navigator will conduct the SGMM process with all eight utilities to assist and develop the utilities Smart Grid aspirations. The process begins with the Compass Survey Workshop, which allows the utilities to establish their starting point based on their present technological and business requirements. Once the survey has been completed, EMG will analyze the data and validate all responses and prepare for the customers aspirations workshop. During this phase EMG will guide the customer to set their aspirations (vision/plan) for its grid modernization effort. EMG will then present the findings to the customer and their specific business participants. EMG will then lead a detailed discussion with all the participants to develop each organizations Smart Grid aspiration, entailing what they would need to accomplish to get to their specific goals within their prescribed time frames. The time frames can be set to a single point in the future or a phased approach allowing for interim Smart Grid maturity levels to be attained. EMG will deliver a comprehensive overview of the actions that will need to be taken by the customer to reach their respective business level requirements. From this document the customer will be able to develop business plans that will allow for the respective budgets to be created. This final document can then be used as the organizations business, technological and financial roadmap for the systematic implementation of a enterprise smart grid deployment.

     
  • China Smart Grid - Desk Study Projects

    EMG prepared the Smart Grid Desk Study for China, “Shanghai Distributed Energy, Micro grid, Demand-Side Management, and Energy Storage. As a result, EMG has developed the Term of Reference (TOR) for a Feasibility Study and Demonstration Project”, to demonstrate an innovative buildings-based micro grid in the Jinqiao district of Shanghai that combines distributed energy, energy storage, and Demand-Side Management features. The TOR will include a comprehensive feasibility study and development of a demonstration implementation plan. Micro grid refers to a small electric system that has sufficient generation resources and control hardware and software to reliably serve majority of its electricity demand without any support from the electric utility. Micro grids can also provide the economic and environmental benefits of adding clean Distributed Energy Resources (DER), energy storage technologies, and introducing Demand-Side Management practices. End-use customers in Shanghai will experience the benefits of: Economic, Reliability, Quality and Sustainability by allowing expansion of generation to renewables and cleaner fuel feasibility and demonstration project would be the first of its kind, a model in China for integration of a buildings-based micro grid that combines clean DER, energy storage technologies, and DSM practices. The project would serve as an important model for effective smart grid and DSM in China– achieving both base load and peak load reductions through distributed energy resource technologies and micro grid control hardware and software.

     
  • Romania & Bulgaria Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission

    On behalf of USTDA, EMG organized an RTM to familiarize ten Romanian and three Bulgarian public and private electricity transmission and distribution representatives with U.S. solutions in smart grid technology, in order to ensure an effective deployment of smart grid technologies in their countries.
    a)EMG. The primary objectives of the RTM were as follows: at the transmission and distribution levels, to show how smart grid applications can reduce power losses; to demonstrate examples of smart grid approaches at the distribution level through site visits; to highlight how outage management, capacity planning, reliability, and power quality have improved at utility companies. In Washington, DC, the group visited US government agencies involved with the policy, regulatory and standards in smart grid. In Dallas, TX and San Francisco, CA they visited the leading providers of smart grid technologies and toured several utilities to network with their U.S. counter parts to solicit their experience with the application of smart grid in the Transmission and Distribution sectors.

     
  • Kazakhstan Pipeline Automation Reverse Trade Mission

    During this mission, EMG organized activities for 8 Kazakh delegates from the nation’s Ministry of Oil & Gas, KazTransGas, and KazTransOil. EMG arranged for the delegation to meet with U.S. firms offering pipeline automation, compressor station automation and pipeline security solutions, and to visit pipeline control centers, facilities, and operators.As a prime contractor EMG managed Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Pipeline Reverse Trade Mission.During this mission, EMG organized activities for 8 Kazakh delegates from the nation’s Ministry of Oil & Gas, KazTransGas, and KazTransOil. EMG arranged for the delegation to meet with U.S. firms offering pipeline automation, compressor station automation and pipeline security solutions, and to visit pipeline control centers, facilities, and operators. In both Washington, DC and Houston, TX, the group visited with major stakeholders involved in planning, regulation, operation and management of the oil and gas pipeline, as well as with major U.S. pipeline automation and technology service providers.

     
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Region Definitional Mission: Solar Energy Projects

    EMG is implemented a Definitional Mission to evaluate potential two specific solar generation projects in El Salvador and Guatemala.The EMG team spent 2 weeks in the countries and identified 2 solar projects in Colombia and prepare full report to include the Tem of References (TOR) for the two solar projects. Also, EMG is completing the mission with a full country energy profile.

     
  • Mexico Definitional Mission Renewable Energy Project

    EMG is completing a project to identify, evaluate, and recommend projects in Mexico’s renewable energy sector including: wind, waste-to-energy, biomass, and cross-border interconnectivity.EMG team spent 2 weeks in country and met all the key stockholders and identified 3 projects for the USTDA funding and prepared the TOR’s.

     
  • MENA Power Forum - Technical Assistance

    EMG was hired to serve as the technical contractor for USTDA’s Middle East & North Africa Power Forum 2010, which was held in Cairo in May 2010. EMG’s work included meeting key stakeholders and assessing the power sector portfolios of MENA countries, culminating in the identification of 32 mega-projects slated for the region.EMG prepared a “Source Book” which included energy background of each country in MENA region including Lebanon, Egypt, West Bank, Iraq, Turkey, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, Tunis, Libya and Morocco followed by detailed the description of 32 Mega projects.

     
  • Pakistan Definitional Mission Energy Sector Project I

    EMG was the Prime Contractor to conduct a Pakistan Energy Sector Definitional Mission to identify promising energy projects in both the fuel and electricity sectors. EMG spent 2 weeks in country meeting with sponsors and stakeholder parties; 172 projects were identified, 15 were presented to USTDA, and 8 were selected for USTDA assistance. EMG prepared detailed project analyses and Terms of Reference for USTDA supported activities such as Feasibility Studies and Technical Assistance. A selected project included Feasibility Study of installation of a Smart Grid system to help Karachi Electricity Corporation (KESC) reduce its distribution losses. USTDA awarded a contract for a Feasibility Study for the installation of a Smart Grid system to help the KESC reduce its distribution losses. A contractor was selected, and completed the Study with the help of KESC. KESC has now begun implementing the Smart Grid system based on the recommendations from the Feasibility Study.

     
  • Turkey Definitional Mission Energy Sector Projects

    In January 2009, Energy Markets Group led a USTDA Assessment Mission to Turkey to identify potential U.S. energy assistance projects in advance of President Obama’s visit in February. The EMG team consisted of experts in energy planning, coal and gas fired power generation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. EMG prepared an overview of the Turkish energy sector, described the country’s energy policy situation, and provided detailed information on Turkey’s energy resource balance, including current production, consumption and trade, and updated projections on future growth

     
  • Indonesia Definitional Mission to Investigate Potential Alternative Energy Sector Project

    EMG completed a Definitional Mission to Indonesia to identify alternative energy supply projects for Indonesia. The EMG Team identified 21 alternative projects that would benefit from USTDA support: 7 of these were biodiesel or other biofuel projects, 9 were geothermal projects, 3 were coal bed methane, 1 was coal gasification, and the last involved use of micro-turbine gas generators. Four of these projects, including one on biodiesel production, one on palm oil waste to energy, one on coal bed methane, and one on geothermal power production, were recommended for support by USTDA.

     
  • Independent Power Project (IPP) Feasibility Study

    Independent Gas Power Project Feasibility Study – EMG, with its subcontractor Stanley Engineering, completed a feasibility study of using flared gas to generate 90MW of electric power in Nigeria’s Niger River Delta region. The power plant design was a simple cycle combustion turbine plant with no heat recovery. Three General Electric LM6000 PD dual-fuel aero derivative gas turbine engines were recommended to provide power. With a 97% availability factor, the plant was designed to provide electricity to over 2.3 million people, to reduce gas flaring and reduce carbon dioxide greenhouse gases, and to provide a 90% reduction in oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The report summarized the finance-ability of power projects in Sub Saharan Africa, used EMG’s proprietary financial model to project revenues, costs ,internal rates of return, estimates of net cash flow, payback period, and the leveled cost of electricity over the life of the project.

     
  • Ethiopia Tendaho Geothermal Power Project Feasibility Study

    This project was carried out for the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the purpose of enabling EEPCO to plan, finance, and install a 5-megawatt (MW) pilot geothermal plant in the country’s Tendaho geothermal field. The Project included a full resource assessment of the subject geothermal field.

     
  • Iraqi Oil Training Program (IOTP) Human Resources

    This two-year capacity-building activity focused on developing the Iraqi Ministry of Oil’s human resource management and development systems, seeking to place the Ministry on the long-term path to a world-class workforce. During this project 60 senior level executives from different oil and gas companies of Iraq along with the Ministry of Oil officials spent2 weeks in the US to learn the best practices in managing an oil or gas business enterprise.The program focusses on corporate management, human resource management and the change management. The participant visited all major International Oil Company (IOC) and learned from their counterpart the best practices in the industry.

     
  • Executive Workshops

    EMG regularly conducts workshops in collaboration with government agencies, multilateral lending institutions, and donors. Below is a listing of some of EMG’s workshops:

    Annual Executive Workshop on Electricity Markets Design.

    Workshop on Electricity Markets, conducted for:

    SARI/E, conducted in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
    West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), in Dakar, Senegal
    Central Africa Power Pool (CAPP), in Libreville, Gabon
    East Africa Power Pool (EAPP), in Nairobi, Kenya

    Greenhouse Gas Reduction Workshop.